Mystery ASUS K009 unit shows up at the FCC doorstep, tries its best to hide its Nexus 7 colors in the process



You know what they say gang: when there’s smoke, there’s probably a fire. So it’s only fitting that we get more details about another version of the Nexus 7 refresh that we’ve been hearing so much about lately. A mystery ASUS K009 unit recently passed through the FCC testing labs and highlights a bunch of really interesting features of the device including a sweet quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ-8064) processor, a 4,000mAh Li-ion battery and some welcomed 4G LTE radio frequencies on-board. So all in all, this device looks to be another version of the refreshed tablet that’s on the way. Of course the same unit is listed for “marketing purposes”, but the hope is that we are getting our first glimpse of what should be another variant of the new Nexus 7 models.

source: FCC
via: Engadget



Updated Nexus 7 to be priced at $229


We are expecting to see an updated Nexus 7 in July, and we have been assuming the prices will remain the same or go down. A report from DigiTimes is telling us otherwise. They are reporting it will come in at $229, and they didn’t suggest that there will be two storage options like now. All they said was that it would be 16GB. I can’t imagine that Google would increase the price, considering it’s one of the most popular Android tablets. I also think they will continue to offer two versions, 16GB and 32GB.

So my theory is that the $229 price tag will be for the 32GB version and we will see the 16GB version for $179. Either way, I just don’t see Google increasing the price. What do you guys think?

source: DigiTimes

7 inch ASUS tablet running Android 4.3 shows up on Bluetooth SIG


Android 4.3 didn’t show up at Google I/O, but that hasn’t stopped it from showing up everywhere else on the internet. According to a recent Bluetooth certification, a 7-inch ASUS tablet with the model K008 popped up running the latest, yet-to-be-announced version of Android. We can’t get any other details from the filing aside from Android 4.3, so this raises more questions than it answers.

Not too long ago, we saw what appeared to be a Nexus 7 model get the same certification running Android 4.3, so its possible that this new tablet could be a separate 7-inch tablet ASUS has in the pipeline. Hopefully Google won’t take too much longer to clarify this and announce a new Nexus 7 soon.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: Mobileaks

Google Nexus 7 to be unveiled at Computex, report says

Nexus_Logo_Nexus_7According to an analyst, the next edition of Google’s Nexus tablet could be unveiled in the next few days. CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets’s Chitra Gopal says that the Nexus 7 will be unveiled during the Computex show, which is held from June 4 to June 8 in Taipei, Taiwan. The updated 7 inch tablet would reportedly improve screen resolution to 1920 x 1200, would feature a thinner bezel, and would include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. The price is expected to stay at the same $199.

In addition, Gopal expects Asus and Acer to “showcase new low-end tablets” at Computex that feature silicon from MediaTek. They could be priced between $100 and $150. Tablet fans could be in for an exciting next few days. Talk Android will keep you updated as we learn more.

source: IBNLive
via: Phone Arena

Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 receives Bluetooth certification


Well look what the cat dragged in. A Nexus 7 with Android 4.3 onboard just showed up at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) website. This means it was just certified. Actually it was certified on May 27th, but what is unusual is the model number. It shows as ME307T, which is the same model number as the original Nexus 7. We all know that a new and improved Nexus 7 is on the way, but I would think that it would have a different model number. As to the version of Android, you will notice the Software Version Number is JWR11, which is assumed to be Android 4.3.

I am not a Bluetooth certification expert, but I highly doubt ASUS would need to re-certify the original Nexus 7 for just Android 4.3, so there has to be newer hardware. Since this information is actually available on the Bluetooth SIG website, we know it can’t be fake. Whatever it is, it’s just one more piece of evidence that we are going to see a new Nexus 7 very soon.

source: Bluetooth SIG

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AUO set to provide display panels for next-generation Nexus 7 tablet



We know that Google’s second-generation Nexus 7 tablet is on the way, but not much about the device is known— especially since we didn’t see much of a tease at Google I/O this year. Fortunately, it appears that we’re finally getting some long-awaited information about the venerable device as news has surfaced that it’ll not only arrive this summer with high expectations, but it will come with a brand-new display unit. According to the hit-or-miss Digitimes, Google and ASUS are turning to AU Optronics (AUO) to develop a 7-inch, low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) panel at a 1,900 x 1,200 resolution. Also reaffirming what we’ve previously heard, shipments are expected to begin as early as Q2 and the tablet is expected to see the 8 million unit mark, which should more than certainly help Google keep eating away at that tablet market share.

source: Digitimes

Did the new and improved Nexus 7 make an appearance at Google I/O?


We knew that Google I/O was going to be concentrated on development, but we were still surprised that the updated Nexus 7 was missing in action. Turns out the new tab might have made an appearance, but we just didn’t know it at the time. The image above is a slide that was shown during a session on high performance audio. You can clearly see the Nexus 4 and the Nexus 10, and right smack in the middle is what appears to be a Nexus 7, but it doesn’t look like the current model. The bezel looks smaller and the top and bottom edges are curved.

The first assumption is that it could be a placeholder, but why would they bother with a placeholder? They could just insert the current Nexus 7 in that spot. Just in case you think the image could be fake, we provided the video of the presentation after the break. The slide shows up at the 38:27 mark. Let us know what you think.

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Nexus 7 refresh expected in July, same price with updated specs


We’ve been trying to pin down Google’s new Nexus 7 specs that’s bound to come out sometime in the next few years, and according to the reliable DigiTimes, we’ve got some confirmation on release date, as well as screen and processor. The release date is expected sometime in July, and the tablet will use a Snapdragon processor with a 1920 x 1200 resolution screen.  Best of all, the price isn’t going up.

DigiTimes says Google is planning on selling 6 to 8 million Nexus 7s in the second part of the year. It’s a very realistic goal based on the success of the original Nexus 7 tablet.

source: DigiTimes

Updated Nexus 7 specs revealed by analyst


We are expecting to see an updated Nexus 7 next week at Google I/O, and although we already had a pretty good idea of the specs, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed everything but the kitchen sink. Now before you start wondering if Ming-Chi Kuo is worthy, he ironically has a darn good track record when it comes to predicting Apple products. On the other hand, it’s not like he is revealing anything earth shattering.

As expected, the display is going to be 7-inches and have a resolution of 1900 x 1200, which is a very nice upgrade. We already knew that Qualcomm was the chosen one for the CPU, but which one? Sadly it looks like the Snapdragon S4 Pro instead of the Snapdragon 600. This is a little disappointing to me, but this is a price tablet and the S4 Pro is more than enough for the average consumer. Another interesting spec is that it will sport a 5MP rear-facing camera which was absent in the original Nexus 7. Lastly the battery is 4,000mAh, which is actually smaller than the original Nexus 7 (4,325mAh). I was never all that thrilled with the battery life on the Nexus 7, so this is a little concerning. Nothing was mentioned on a 3G or 4G version, but with the Snapdragon in place, I am hopeful they will offer an LTE version at some point.

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Tweet about your favorite things in the Play Store for a chance to win some prizes from Google


To kick off the big Play Store redesign, Google has launched a little contest to raise awareness about your favorite things in the Play Store. Simply tweet one of your favorite items, it’s link in the Play Store, and the hashtag #favoritethings. You’ll have to be following the Play Store’s Twitter account, obviously, and there’s a separate page where you’ll need to submit your proof to enter the contest, but it’s a pretty simple way to grab some cool prizes.

What prizes are there, exactly? Ten Nexus 10s, seven Nexus 7s, and four Nexus 4s, as well as a hundred $10 Play Store gift cards. Now, before you start tweeting off everything you love about the Play Store (and inevitably losing a few Twitter followers in the process) each person is only allowed one entry, so make sure to pick that one thing that you really consider your favorite. Just don’t take too long to decide, as the contest ends on the 24th. Hit the break below to check out the full rules for the contest.

source: Google